Jonathan Papelbon was recently released by the Washington Nationals. He plays as a relief pitcher in his former team. But Papelbon might be having a new team in the Major League Baseball (MLB) after his stint with the Nationals according to the latest MLB rumors
Papelbon could play with the Boston Red Sox once again. He intends to come back to his former team based on this Twitter post by Rob Bradford.
According source close to situation, Papelbon would welcome return to Boston. Prioritizing best spot to succeed for remainder of season
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) August 13, 2016
The relief pitcher first played with the Red Sox during his rookie year in 2005. He played for the team until 2011 where he was subsequently traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Papelbon did not have a memorable run with Boston in his last season for them. Boston eliminated by the Tampa Bay Rays for the final spot in the playoffs that year.
Jonathan wants to forget those bad moments with the Red Sox as he wants to start a new one for the team.
According to Nicholas Goss of NESN.com, the Boston’s team president seems interested in getting Papelbon’s services, according to Nick Cafardo.
Asked about interest in Jonathan Papelbon, Dave Dombrowski responded, "At this point, is worth investigating."
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 13, 2016
The 35-year-old would really have a fresh start with his old team if the MLB rumors of him returning to the Red Sox happens. This is because he was rarely used by his last team of the Nationals this season.
“There wasn’t a real fit anymore,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. Baker added that he just do not know where to use the player.
Jonathan actually had a brilliant career in which he has been a six-time All-Star in the MLB. He is also a one-time world series champion in which he won this with the Red Sox in 2007.
Papelbon is at this time of his career in which he could provide leadership because of his 10-year experience in the MLB.
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